Booked a very reasonable DBB deal (£89) through 5pm.com which provided a double room, dinner with bottle of house wine and breakfast for two. We had to pay an additional £14 for a weekend night but we felt it was still a good deal. Be warn however as the normal rate for a double room is advertised as £165 which in our opinion is excessive. It is worth phoning before to book a parking space which is £5 a night. Spaces are very limited in front of the hotel.
Those with disabilities/limited mobility should be warned there are a number of steps in the corridor before reaching the lift.
The inclusive dinner is restricted to a set menu with limited choice. The A La Carte menu is available but be warned they charge excessive surcharges for every course ordered off the A la carte so you could pay twice as much (average surcharge price £4 starter, £12 main, £3 desert). Having stayed at another Crerar hotel this menu structure is their policy. Both times it annoyed us as the set menu is deliberately basic and the dishes ordered from it are ready prepared rather than cooked to order.
Over all the food was average with some good and bad points. Salmon was very over cooked and dry as were the vegetables. Some of the ingredients lacked flavour. Deserts were the most disappointing. The apple and rhubarb crumble looked and sadly was unappetizing. The strawberry gateaux was lacking strawberries and was nothing more than a dry sponge with some synthetic cream. Strawberries are not in season so we did wonder why this was even on the menu.
Other reviews have picked up on the speed of service it is more about quickness of service rather than quality. Service stops at 20:30 so earlier sittings are probably more rushed to clear tables. It might be best to pick a sitting after 19:00.
The spa facilities are very basic and I would not recommend these for anyone who has been to larger spa hotels with good spa facilities. The spa facilities consist of two treatment rooms and a very public small jacuzzi which lacked privacy. The spa is not a selling feature of the hotel.
Our room was on the top floor of the annex with a partial sea view - lower rooms in the annex will have little view. The room was small and dark. The heater in the room didn't work but we found the room very warm. The tiny flatscreen TV offered a choice of freeview channels. Tea&Coffee facilities but only two tea bags. The bathrooom had a small shower and no bath.
Breakfast was quite good and there is a choice of warm plates. We opted for the pancakes, bacon and maple syrup which was ok.
The hotel has free wi-fi. Ask for a password from reception. Morning papers were offered and room service is available.
Our advice is shop around as there are better hotels and B&Bs in oban which offer just as much and more.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoying a prime position on the seafront, the Oban Bay Hotel & Spa has great views to Mull and Kerrera. For guests looking to relax and get away from it all, the hotel now offers an outdoor hot tub, spa treatments, along with a small sauna and steam room. In addition, Oban Bay Hotel has a comfortable bar and lounge area from which you can watch the world go by. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Oban Bay Hotel And Spa
- Oban Bay Hotel Oban
- Oban Bay Hotel Scotland